Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rod Carew Signing at Stadium Nissan 9-13-14

I decided to check out the Rod Carew signing at Stadium Nissan last Saturday. Rod was scheduled to sign from 10am til noon. I love going to Stadium Nissan signings since the events are always organized.

My goal today was to get something different signed. I've gotten Carew's autograph in the past on an HOF ball so I wanted to have him sign a 2014 All Star Baseball under the logo with possibly the 1st pitch inscription since he threw out the first pitch. Rod also threw out the first pitch in 2010 back when Anaheim hosted the All Star Game but he had his best years as a player representing the Minnesota Twins so I decided to get the 2014 All Star ball signed instead.

Rod was cordial as usual and he signed my 2014 All Star ball under the logo. Sadly he wasn't signing any bats today as usual and no inscriptions which was a bit shocking since he used to at least inscribe HOF before at previous signings. I couldn't complain though since it's not everyday you get to have a HOFer sign for free.

I want to give a shout out to my friend Roman for taking the photos above for me. Thanks again Roman.

I want to thank the staff of Stadium Nissan for hosting another well organized autograph signing. I hope they host more signings next year.

Signed Baseball Garage Sale

Here is a list of signed baseballs below along with the price that are part of my signed baseball garage sale. You can email me at dhp226@nyu.edu or message me via kik at lowdownrow if you want to see photos of the items.

Shipping for each baseball is $5. For multiple baseballs ordered I can offer discounted shipping. I accept cash for in person local pickups from graphers in Southern California. Otherwise I accept Paypal from out of state buyers. Paypal payments can be made to dhp226@nyu.edu. Please make sure you send the payments as a gift so I don't get charged any paypal fees.

All baseballs are signed on the sweetspot in blue pen on Rawlings Official Major League baseballs unless stated otherwise. Some of the bargain bin $5 dollar baseballs are ROMLBs from batting practice. 

5 Dollar Baseballs
1) Sweet Lou Johnson Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
2) Rudy Law Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
3) Jamey Carroll Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
4) Darren Dreifort Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
5) Josh Lindblom Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
6) Bobby Grich Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
7) Arte Moreno Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
8) Clyde Wright batting practice ROMLB with no Hitter inscription signed on the sweetspot
9) Ron Jackson Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
10) Jerome Williams Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
11) Mark Gubicza Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
12) Jake Westbrook signed ROMLB under the MLB logo
13) 2011 Indians Team Ball: Manny Acta, Jon Nunnally, Tim Tolman, Justin Germano, Vinnie Pestano, Josh Tomlin, Adam Everett batting practice ball (Acta is signed in black sharpie and the rest are in blue bic pen)
14) 2011 Indians Team Batting Practice Ball: Chad Durbin, Justin Germano, Jeanmar Gomez, Josh Tomlin, Lou Marson, Jack Hannahan, Michael Brantley
15) 2012 Nationals Team Batting Practice Ball: Collin Balester, Alex Cora, Danny Espinosa, Jerry Hairston, Roger Bernadina , Bo Porter
16) Ernesto Frieri batting practice side panel baseball
17) John Ely Batting Practice ROMLB signed on the Sweetspot
18) Addison Reed batting practice ROMLB Signed on the Sweetspot
19) Sam Fuld Battice Practice ROMLB on the Sweetspot
20) Mike Scioscia signed in black pen has slight toning
21) Derrel Thomas ROMLB signed on the SS
22) Dan Gladden signed in black pen personalized to David
23) Brendan Harris signed in black pen with Angles COA

10 Dollar Baseballs
1) Juan Pierre side panel baseball
2) Eric Young Dodgers 50th Baseball signed under the logo batting practice baseball
3) Manny Mota Dodgers 50th Anniversary Batting Practice Baseball signed under the logo
4) Lucas Giolito with 16th pick inscription batting practice ball
5) Jay Johnstone
6) Tommy Davis
7) Sweet Lou Johnson
8) Jonathan Broxton
9) Howie Kendrick signed in black pen
10) Maicer Izturis
11) Hank Conger
12) Kyle Drabek
13) Miguel Batista
14) Edinson Volquez
15) Matt Hobgood with draft pick inscription
16) Matt Capps
17) Brandon League
18) Kevin Millwood
19) Scott Downs with Angels COA

15 Dollar Baseballs
1) Torii Hunter and Vernon Wells Angels 50th Anniversary BP Baseball signed under the logo
2) Nick Swisher side panel baseball
3) Miguel Tejada ROMLB under mlb logo
4) Carl Crawford side panel ROMLB
5) Don Sutton with HOF inscription Batting Practice Baseball signed on the Sweetspot
6) 2011 Twins Team Ball: Ron Gardenhire, Delmon Young, Scott Diamond,  Luke Hughes, Trevor Plouffe, Rene Tosoni , Dan Gladden
7) 2012 White Sox Team Ball Gordon Beckham #15 (sweet spot), Chris Sale, Donny Lucy, Brent Lillibridge, Eduardo Escobar, Mark Salas
8) 2012 Rangers Team Ball: Ron Washington, Colby Lewis, CJ Wilson, Matt Treanor, Mark Lowe, Gary Pettis
9) Mickey Hatcher
10) Alfredo Griffin
11) Dioner Navarro with All Star inscription
12) Casey Blake
13) Mike Napoli signed in black pen
14) Juan Rivera
15) Bobby Grich
16) Gary Disarcina
17) Chuck Finley signed in black pen MLB Authenticated
18) Tim Salmon Angels 50th Anniversary Batting Practice Ball
19) Bob Lee with 1965 All Star inscription
20) Mark Langston
21) Tyler Chatwood
22) Jordan Walden
23) Ricky Romero
24) Brady Anderson
25) Trevor Cahill
26) Brian Fuentes
27) Dallas Braden
28) Christian Colon
29) LaTroy Hawkins with Angels COA
30) Erisbel Arruebarruena side panel

20 Dollar Baseballs

1) Claude Osteen
2) Chad Billingsley
3) James Loney
4) Peter Bourjos
5) Mark Trumbo
6) Vernon Wells
7) Frank Tanana
8) Wally Joyner
9) Mike Witt
10) Don Baylor
11) Orlando Cepeda on Pacbell Opening Day Baseball signed on the Sweetspot MLB Authenticated
12) Troy Percival
13) Chili Davis
14) Chris Chambliss
15) Adam Kennedy
16) CJ Wilson
17) Neftali Feliz
18) Andrew Bailey
19) Yonder Alonso
20) Michael Cuddyer
21) Mike Moustakas
22) Dustin Ackley
23) Ervin Santana with Angels COA
24) Carlos Quentin
25) Chase Headley
26) Justin Morneau (MLB Authenticated) has small areas of toning
27) Billy Butler
28) Steve Finley

25 Dollar Baseballs
1) Sandy Alomar Jr.
2) Terry Pendleton
3)Al Leiter
4) Bret Saberhagen
5) Harold Baines
6) Shin Soo Choo black pen
7) Max Fried with #7 overall pick inscription
8) Lucas Giolito with 16th Pick inscription
9) Jason Giambi
10) Darryl Strawberry
11) Joakim Soria 2008 All Star Ball slight spotting
12) Corey Hart 2008 All Star Baseball 
13) Kenley Jansen 

30 Dollar Baseballs
1) David Freese
2) Nolan Arenado
3) Shin Soo Choo
4) Jurickson Profar Side Panel
5) Francisco Rodriguez
6) Starling Marte
7) Mike McCready with Pearl Jam inscription
8) James Worthy
9) Matt Moore 
10) Patrick Corbin

35 Dollar Baseballs
1) Josh Hamilton 2012 All Star Ball signed under the logo
2) Brandon Phillips
3) Torii Hunter 2010 All Star Baseball signed under the logo

40 Dollar Baseballs
1) Wade Boggs with HOF inscription
2) Don Sutton on HOF Ball under the logo
3) Magic Johnson signed in black pen under Dodgers Logo Ball
4) Lance Berkman

50 Dollar Baseballs
1) Jim Thome JSA Authenticated

75 Dollar Baseballs
1) Nolan Ryan 2010 WS baseball with 2010 AL Champs inscription Ryan Authentication

Monday, September 8, 2014

Athletes vs Cancer 2nd Annual Celebrity Flag Football Hosted by Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg

This was my second year attending the Athletes vs Cancer Celebrity Flag Football Game hosted by Matt Barnes and Snoop Dogg. The venue was different this year and the game was held at Granada Hills Charter High School with the kickoff starting at 6:30pm.

The change in venue didn't help when it came to graphing since security was tighter than ever before for this event. Just like a lot of other charity events there were a lot of no shows such as Kevin Durant, Monta Ellis, Nick Young, Brandon Jennings, Chris Brown and Nate Robinson.

The first autograph opportunity was from Chris Paul. We waited for Chris at the player parking lot. It was me and three other graphers. As Chris was about to sign for us security intervened and said no autographs since Chris was with his family. Chris didn't even get a chance to tell us no.

What was weird was that Chris walked towards us and gave each of us a handshake. I guess that was his way for feeling bad he couldn't sign.

We also got denied by Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan who were escorted by security. 
Chuck Liddell, Terrell Owens, and Danny Trejo walked by but I had nothing for them.

The first autograph of the day was from Shawne Merriman who signed a mini helmet for me.

He was surprised to see that I had a Chargers mini helmet for him. I guess he didn't expect people to know that he was going to be at the event.

The next autograph was from Baron Davis who signed a photo for me. I love how he purposely signed the basketball pictured in the photo when there was plenty of room above the basketball. He's not the nicest guy you will meet in person. I guess he's still bitter how his career turned out.

This photo below pretty much sums up the day of how bad it was. Basically Chris and Blake weren't signing on the field either.

Chris left early and at the end of the game Blake and Deandre were mobbed by the fans so security escorted them out of the field.

My favorite autograph of the day was from Snoop who signed a photo for me. He was also mobbed as well but luckily I came away with an autograph today.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Kole Calhoun Signing at Stadium Nissan

I decided to check out the Kole Calhoun signing at Stadium Nissan this past Saturday. Kole was scheduled to sign autographs from 10:30-12:30. I love going to Stadium Nissan signings since the events are organized and always run smoothly. Most of the time you don't need to camp out for a free autograph which is always nice.

I ended up showing up around 9:30 and chilled with my friends Ryan and Alex who were already in line. My goal today was to get an 11x14 photo and an 8x10 photo signed by Kole.

Kole arrived promply on time riding his monster truck.

Kole was kind enough to sign my photos for me.

Afterwards I headed out to the stadium to graph the Angels.

I ended up getting John McDonald and Fernando Salas to sign cards for me.

Josh Hamilton was kind enough to sign my 2008 Homerun Derby Gold baseball for me.

I also ended up getting David Freese to sign my 2012 All Star ball with the 1st All Star Game inscription along with Matt Shoemaker and Gordon Beckham on ROMLBs on the SS.

I have to say that David Freese is one of the coolest ball players you will ever meet. He's always cool about inscribing and also uses his old jersey number on items that correspond to his playing time for the Cardinals.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Marshall Faulk Signing at Macy's Lakewood Mall

Thanks to a tip from my friend Greg aka guccigraphs I decided to check out the Marshall Faulk signing today at Macy's in Lakewood Mall. Marshall was scheduled to make an appearance today to promote Hugo Boss at Macy's fragrance department today from 2-4pm.

With a $75 purchase of Men's Hugo Boss fragrances fans had a chance to meet and take photos with Marshall Faulk and also received an autographed Hugo Boss football.

I arrived a few minutes after the event started at two. There was already of line of about 75 fans waiting for Marshall to arrive.

My goal today was to get my authentic Colts Marshall Faulk rookie jersey signed. Sadly no outside items were allowed to be signed but luckily I had my friend Greg who helped me get Marshall's autograph on my jersey. Thanks again Greg for the homie hookup. Everyone make sure to follow Greg on instagram.

Hideo Nomo

I ran into Hideo Nomo this weekend and he was kind enough to sign my 11x14 photo for me along with a baseball under the MLB logo which is the way I like it. Here he is coaching his traveling team from Japan.

It was nice to add more Nomo items to my personal collection. He was one of my favorite pitchers I looked up to as a kid.

Ladarius Green Signing Presented by Deluxe Signature Collection

Any signed item is $20 and comes with a raffle ticket for a chance to win autographed items from Keenan Allen, Philip Rives and many other Chargers.